ERIC Number: ED153910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar-29
Reference Count: 0
Educational Psychology as a Liberal Art.
Ripple, R. E.
The discipline of educational psychology can contribute to a liberal education and should be reorganized to meet this new role in higher education. In light of such problems as the decreasing demand for teachers, educational psychology courses should change from a teacher education to an elective or liberal arts orientation. Economic conditions and the high cost of education are pushing students prematurely toward a narrow vocationalism or professionalism. However, the university is still more than a training institute foh it offers the opportunity for personal development. Definitions of liberal arts education suggest that its role is to present students with all the questions mankind has ever raised and tried to resolve. Because the discipline of educational psychology considers how human beings develop and learn, it is appropriate to include it in a liberal arts course of study. Data on undergraduate enrollment in the author's educational psychology course show that between 1968 and 1977 12% fewer students are taking it specifically for teacher certification. Instead, they are taking it as an elective in an area of nonprofessional interest. Unless more educational psychologists redesign their course focus, the discipline may perish. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: College Role, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Educational Demand, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Psychology, Educational Trends, Elective Courses, Enrollment, Higher Education, Liberal Arts, Majors (Students), Relevance (Education), Student Interests, Teacher Education, Trend Analysis
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, March 27-31, 1978)